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John Finbury featuring Thalma de Freitas: SORTE!



Award-winning composer John Finbury and singer-lyricist Thalma de Freitas team up for the first time on Sorte!

Their new album of Brazilian-flaired Latin Jazz songs was produced by Latin Grammy winner Emilio D. Miler, who assembled an all-star band, featuring Vitor Gonçalves on piano, Rhodes and accordion, John Patitucci on bass, Chico Pinheiro on guitar, Duduka Da Fonseca on drums, and Rogerio Boccato and the legendary Airto Moreira on percussion.  This joint artistic venture finds Ms. de Freitas’ natural talent seasoned by experience, evident in her wise and personal lyrics and exquisite vocal delivery.

SORTE! is the first song in the collaboration between Latin Grammy nominee John Finbury and Afro-Brazilian singer-songwriter-actress Thalma de Freitas, and the first single from the album SORTE!, released on May 1, 2019.

Sorte! is a love letter about serendipity, how “great mistakes also mean luck”, uplifting the feelings of trust in the Universe, which always has our back and conspires in favor of Love.

The project was produced by LATIN GRAMMY winner Emilio D. Miler, who assembled an all-star band for this recording, featuring: Vitor Gonçalves – piano & rhodes; Chico Pinheiro – guitar John Patitucci – bass; Duduka da Fonseca – drums; Airto Moreira – percussion; Rogerio Boccato – percussion.

Music by John Finbury; lyrics by Thalma de Freitas; produced by Emilio D. Miler.

Recorded by Ari Lavigna at The Powerstation at Berklee NYC.
Airto Moreira recorded by Brent Hahn and Ron McCoy at Studio NoHo, LA.

Mixed by Ari Lavigna at Nómade Mix; Mastered by Carlos Freitas at Classic Master.

Video Production by Studio42Brooklyn; Directed by Alessio Romano.

2nd camera operator Vitor Hirsh; 3rd camera operator Gerardo Vitale; Post production by Alessio Romano.

Latin Jazz Network is a project dedicated to the advancement of Latin jazz and its creators. Since 2000 LJN has been spreading the word about this wonderful music known under the umbrella term: LATIN JAZZ.

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Grant Richards’ Live Performance of “Ballyhoo”



Grant Richards

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Richards, like the great jazz composers throughout history, wrote the music on Ballyhoo not for
generic instruments, but for the specific and unique musical personalities of the musicians in his

Ballyhoo is the title track from my new album, my first excursion into Latin jazz, combining
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necessity for precise execution,” Richards shares. “The title implies an excited commotion and
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, I think this track embodies the exuberance and playfulness I intended for the project as a

Album cover - Grant Richards: Ballyhoo
Album cover – Grant Richards: Ballyhoo

What is Ballyhoo? The word embodies sensation, animation and enthusiasm, and the record at
its core presents all of the same. Ballyhoo was released on September 24, 2021.

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